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EWTG 25th Annual Professional Development Conference - Register Today!

Call for Moderators
September 2011 Monthly Luncheon Recap
October 2011 Monthly Luncheon
Fall Membership Social - Duck Tour is Back!
EWTG Star
Affiliates Update - Scary Excellence
September 2011 Mini-Course Recap
October 2011 Mini-Course
EWTG Helps SafePlace
Fourth Quarter Scholarships Now Being Accepted
Now, Where Did They Go?
Austin City Limits Tour
New and Renewing Members
Quick Links
 
 
Quarterly Scholarships
EWTG scholarships are awarded on a quarterly basis to those wanting an opportunity for professional advancement or personal growth. All interested members are encouraged to apply; financial need is not a factor. Take a moment to treat yourself to a course you have been putting off or a conference you would love to attend.
 
Guidelines for qualifying for a scholarship and applications are available on the EWTG website at ewtg.org. The Scholarship Committee will accept applications for this quarter until 5:00 p.m. on November 30th. 
EWTG Board Meetings
The EWTG Board holds its monthly meetings at the Carver Library in Austin on the third Wednesday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The agenda for each meeting will be posted on EWTG's website by noon on the Monday before the meeting.
 
A summary of the board meeting minutes is also posted on the website.
Committee Volunteers Needed 
Please look over the Committee Descriptions on the EWTG website and consider becoming more active in the organization.
 
Participating on a committee is a great way to support EWTG, learn new skills and to meet other interesting executive women. As with so many things, "the more you give, the more you get."
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October 2011
 
President's Corner - October 2011 
 
Barrie Cogburn, President 
 

Barrie Cogburn

 
EWTG Board Service 
 
Serving in an EWTG leadership role is an important responsibility. Board service involves a commitment of time and responsibility as these leaders guide the affairs of the organization. Serving in a volunteer capacity, Board members receive no compensation or special accommodation. Each board position oversees a committee of volunteers who are charged with accomplishing specific duties. Volunteering on an EWTG committee is not only a great way to get involved in our organization, it’s also an opportunity to develop skills and demonstrate leadership ability. What better way to distinguish yourself and be considered for a future board position? 
 
I had the opportunity recently to work with Carol Lauder, the Nominations Chair, and her committee, Jennifer Buaas, Rebecca Davio, Carolyn Fry and Gaye Greever McElwain to identify a slate of officers for the 2012 EWTG Board of Directors. This process is significant as it involves key decisions that can impact the organization for years to come.
 
The Nominations Committee seeks candidates that have demonstrated commitment to the organization in a variety of ways. Candidates must be members in good standing who are dependable and active in our organization. They must demonstrate leadership, dependability, a willingness to serve. 
 
The Nominating Committee takes other important items into consideration as well. The EWTG by-laws are very clear in that “every effort must be made to achieve diversity of ethnicity, age, job titles, and agency representation”. I’m proud to say that the Nominations Committee takes this directive seriously. The goal of the committee is to present a board that reflects the membership of the organization. 
 
The Nominating Committee convenes and comes to consensus about who should be approached for the various positions. Each nominee is personally contacted by a committee member and asked to serve. If the potential board member chooses not to accept, the nominating committee regroups and considers other nominees until the position is offered and accepted. The Nominating Committee then presents a proposed slate of directors to the current board of directors for approval. The approved slate will be published in the November newsletter.
 
Many thanks to the 2011 Nominating Committee. Your dedication and service to our organization is appreciated!
 
Barrie Cogburn
 
EWTG President 
 
 
 
Making History. Creating Leaders. Embracing Challenges.

EWTG 25th Annual Professional Conference

Early Bird Registration Ends October 16 - Make Your Plans Today!
 
By: Mary Howerton
 
If you haven’t already marked your calendar for November 20 – 21, then stop everything and block those days!  You will not want to miss EWTG’s 25th Annual Professional Development Conference.  The theme of the conference is “Making History. Creating Leaders. Embracing Challenges.” and that is exactly what the EWTG Founders envisioned when they formed EWTG 27 years ago.  The conference will be held at the Hyatt Lost Pines in Bastrop, Texas, again this year and the EWTG Conference Committee has a remarkable event planned. 
 
This conference will “Make History” by marking the 25th anniversary of the annual conference.  The opening keynote address will be given by Laura Liswood, Secretary General of the Council of Women World Leaders.  As an Advisor to Goldman Sachs, Ms. Liswood's career has focused on globalization issues and workforce diversity.  The luncheon keynote speaker will be Connie K. Duckworth, founder and CEO of ARZU STUDIO HOPE.  She will share her philosophy of economic empowerment through ARZU's goal of providing sustainable income to Afghan women by sourcing and selling the rugs they weave.
 
This conference will “Create Leaders” by providing 35 workshops for developing your skills as well as opportunities for networking with attendees and sponsors to broaden your knowledge of the issues and concerns facing women in leadership positions.  You’ll be inspired by the EWTG Woman of the Year Presentation, which honors one of our members who has demonstrated leadership skills, dedication to service, and commitment to community. 
 
When it comes to “Embracing Challenges”, EWTG members are ready to tackle tough issues and problems.  We all know that budgets are leaner than ever, so EWTG has opened registration early to allow you to register now and have the information you need to prepare your budget requests for the 2012 fiscal year.  You can learn more about the Keynote Speakers, Workshops Sessions, Exhibitors, and Silent Auction by visiting the conference webpage.  The Early Registration Discount is available until October 16 so click here to register!  The annual conference is an exceptional educational value and we hope to see you there. 
 
So, have you taken advantage of the Early Bird Registration Discount?
 
 
 
 
Call for Moderators
 
 
The 2011 EWTG Professional Development Conference provides an opportunity for you to develop your professional skills by serving as a Session Moderator. If you are interested, click here to review the responsibilities and complete an interest form.

If you have any questions about being a moderator or submission of the form, you may email us at ewtg@ewtg.org.  
 
 
 

Monthly Luncheon Recap
Jodi Cole: Texas Criminal Defense Attorney
September 28, 2011

 

By: Bobbe Walker
 
Jodi Cole was selected as a national "Rising Star/Super Lawyer" in both 2010 and 2011 by Thomson Reuters and featured twice in Texas Monthly. Ms. Cole is a fireball in court, arguing for the defendant in some of the most controversial and complex criminal cases in recent Texas history. Ms. Cole graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Edwards University in Austin, and then graduated from Texas Tech University Law School, entering at the Federal Defenders of San Diego, and ultimately obtaining a Master of Law degree in trial advocacy from California Western. Cole's tough-as-nails reputation stems from her insistence on treating everyone with equal respect -- an approach that's deeply ingrained in the native Texan, who herself overcame adversity and a broken home to become one of the state's most compelling young lawyers.
 
At the luncheon Jodi Cole discussed social sharing and the law. How far is too far when it comes to giving opinions on social networks? The law has not caught up with our changing technological times, but there has to be some sort of rules in play to allow people to be innovative yet responsible for what they type. Ms. Cole explained that when voicing opinions in social media, one must explicitly indicate that a comment is an opinion. A person may be held legally liable for comments made towards another person or entity if the comments are deemed as defamatory. She also clarified that public figures may have fewer rights with civil liberties due to their high profile and accessibility to media. More leniency may be given to an individual without this same access because they do not have the same ability to influence the opinion of a large audience. There may be instances in which an individual is not found to be criminal liability, but they may be found to be liable in a civil court. Ms. Cole informed her audience that all information written in the social media is discoverable. She advised that individuals should not put anything on a social media website unless he or she would want a grand jury looking at the information.
 
A YouTube video clip was shown of a commentator's remarks after the Casey Anthony verdict. Personal situations with social media in the workplace were mentioned by the luncheon attendees. The summation of the discussion was that the law has not been able to keep up with the ever increasing situations created by the use and dissemination of opinions in social media.

 
 

Monthly Luncheon Announcement
Paul Carrozza: Founder of RunTex
October 26, 2011


 

By: Bobbe Walker
 
Paul R. Carrozza of Austin, along with his wife Sheila, founded RunTex in 1988. They have since built their business into the Nation's largest store devoted exclusively to running. In addition to RunTex, Mr. Carrozza also founded RunTex University and RunTex Events. RunTex Events produces over 120 events per year and raises over $5 million annually for local charities. He is also co-founder and sponsor of RunTex Marathon Kids Program, which has successfully helped over 100,000 children achieve endurance and learn to enjoy running. Since 1997, Mr. Carrozza has been Runners World magazine's Footwear Editor. Mr. Carrozza is the Co-Chair for the Governor's Fitness Council and currently serves on the Board for the Texas Department of Aging and the Greater Austin Sports Association. He also sits on the Board for Shoes for America, Austin Parks Foundation, and The Star of Texas Rodeo.
 
Please join EWTG members at this luncheon by registering here. Ample, free parking is available behind the Woman's Club on Nueces between 7th and 8th streets. Networking begins at 11:30 and the buffet - a hot, delicious entrée, salad, vegetables, rolls, dessert, tea and coffee - opens at 11:45 AM. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for guests. The program will begin at noon and conclude promptly at 1:00 PM.
 
 
 

Fall Membership Social
Austin Duck Tour is Back!
 
 
By: Jennifer Buaas
 
The Executive Women in Texas Government (EWTG) Membership Committee invites you to our Fall Membership Social. This unique social is a free event for members only. The Austin Duck Adventures amphibian vehicle will provide us with a tour of Austin, including a dip in Lake Austin! We promise you’ll remain dry throughout the tour! There will be an opportunity for networking and socializing while we learn about our great city.
 
Light snacks, water and wine will be provided. The tour will leave promptly at 6:00PM, so please arrive at the pick-up location no later than 5:45pm*. The tour will end at our pick-up location at 7:30PM.
 
Please RSVP if you want to tour Austin with your fellow EWTG members. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
Parking Location:        Capital Visitor Parking Garage
(Between San Jacinto, Trinity, 12th and 13thStreets)
 
Pick-Up Location:        Brazos Street between 12th and 13th Streets
(Bus loading area east of the Capitol)
 
Date and Time:            Thursday, October 13, 2011
                                      5:45PM* – 7:30PM
 
* Please allow time for parking in the parking garage and walking to the pick-up location. The bus will leave promptly at 6:00PM.
 
 
 

EWTG Star
 
 
 
 
EWTG congratulates Mary Cheryl Dorwart on her promotion to the Director of Enterprise Contracts at the Texas Department of Information Resources. Way to go Mary Cheryl!
 
 
 
 
Scary Excellence
 
 
By: Audrey Selden
 
Last month, the EWTG Affiliates met via conference call to share best practices about effective recruitment strategies, selecting impressive presenters and interesting topics, and managing the upcoming EWTG Affiliates election process. Our Brazos Valley, Dallas, and Houston Affiliates provided helpful information. We heard about “Each One Brings One” recruitment efforts, fascinating community speakers, and the importance of planning when conducting the annual election of officers. This informative call reflects the cooperative spirit that resonates throughout EWTG. 
 
We are intentional about helping other women develop professionally and personally.   Visit our Affiliates web pages for details regarding October and November meetings. 
 
As the fall comes ‘round and the heat begins to subside, our Affiliates will be joining us at the 25th Annual EWTG Professional Development Conference on November 21. Treat yourself to a great opportunity.   The conference provides a wonderful opportunity to network and learn best practices from our EWTG members, the presenters, and the hundreds of attendees. 
 
Watch the EWTG website for information about a San Antonio area planning meeting. If you are interested in joining EWTG, please send your contact information to affiliates@ewtg.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
September Mini-Course ReCap
“Career Transitioning in Challenging Times”
 
Patricia V. Hayes
September 14, 2011
 

 
 
By: Denice Bettencourt
 
Patricia Hayes, owner of PVH Consulting Group, LLC, a public affairs and management consulting firm in Austin, presented this interactive session on career transitioning. With a bachelor’s degree in government and a law degree, Patricia has served as a respected policy confidante, advisor and strategist to executive leadership. Patricia shared with the EWTG audience six practical steps that helped her through her career transition and hopes these steps will help others. She calls these steps the six “Gs”: (1) get your mind right; (2) get to dreaming; (3) get inspired and stay connected; (4) get educated; (5) get a hobby; and (6) get moving – ACT!
 
The first step is reframing your mindset. If you have been fired from a job or you just hate your job, you have emotions that you need to recognize and feel. Some of these emotions include fear, panic, self-pity, anger, and frustration. Patricia advises taking time to deal with these emotions but not to get stuck here. Once you have dealt with emotions be done with it, reframe your mindset, and move on. The second step is dreaming. Give yourself an opportunity to dream. What would you do if you could do anything in the world? What would your ideal career be like? Don’t let fear or limitations block your dreams. Open yourself up to a world of opportunities so you can pursue your professional dreams and goals. 
 
The third step is getting inspired and staying connected. Do the things that inspire you so you have the energy for a career transition. Read, listen to music, watch movies, or just play with your kids. Staying connected by networking, reconnecting to old relationships and building new “authentic” relationships gives you the contacts for your transition. Step four is getting educated. Stretch your mind and explore new opportunities. Patricia notes that books on CDs are a great way to get an education while commuting. Step five is getting a hobby. A hobby allows you to do something you love, gives your brain a rest, and lets you rejuvenate. Step six is taking action. Start by taking one item and acting on it today. Patricia’s parting advice is keeping track of your thoughts and actions in a journal which will also help you through your career transition. Patricia says that writing is a way to make dreams real.
 
In addition, Patricia provided a PowerPoint with action items and resources on career transitioning. Click here to link to her PowerPoint presentation for these resources. Start your journey today to a new and fulfilling career!
 

 
 

October Mini-Course Announcement
"Eating an Elephant for Better Health"
Presented by D. Rozena McCabe, Ph.D.
October 12, 2011
 
 
By: Denice Bettencourt
 
The old joke about how you eat an elephant is answered: one bite at a time. The same strategy should be used by anyone seeking a healthier lifestyle. Attempting too much change too fast can lead to frustration and failure. If you have ever fallen off the wagon of an exercise or diet program by diving face first into a chocolate cake, then this mini-course is for you. This presentation will not be filled with facts and research data about the importance of exercise and a healthier diet. Instead, you will be provided with practical steps you can take to achieve better health.
 
D. Rozena McCabe, Ph.D., Professor of Kinesiology at Huston-Tillotson University is our mini-course presenter. She will focus on establishing strategies to overcome the daily barriers and behavioral habits that prevent you from achieving your greatest quality of life. Dr. McCabe earned her Ph.D. in physical education with a specialization in motor learning and control from Texas Woman’s University. At Huston-Tillotson she serves as Department Chair of Kinesiology and Teacher Education, Athletic Director, and Quality Enhancement Plan Director. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, an organization dedicated to teaching people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly.
 
The mini-course begins at 11:30 AM and the program begins at noon, ending promptly at 1 PM. The mini-course will be at the Carver Branch Library, 1161 Angelina, eight blocks east of I-35 just off East 11th Street.   EWTG will provide terrific pizza, loads of fresh green salad, dessert and drinks for $10 (or no charge if you bring your own lunch).  RSVP to insure you get both a chair and lunch.
 
 
 
 
Community Service Committee: 
EWTG Helps SafePlace
 
By: Paula Griffin
 
In August, the SafePlace food pantry stock was dangerously low, about a month away from bare shelves. In the spirit of giving (and swift response!) EWTG members were requested to bring baby formula, canned food, cereal and other items to the mini-course in August. SafePlace is an organization in Austin that provides safety for individuals and families affected by sexual and domestic violence.
 
We asked and you responded! Due to the generous donations from EWTG members, the Community Service Committee was able to donate one trunk load of food and $50 in cash donations. Additionally, Mary Lou Ralls donated four bags of food to SafePlace independently. Gena Minjares collected food from her division, and Alison Gilliam helped gather the food at the mini-course. It was a great event and the Community Service Committee gives a big thank you to all of our members that participated. If you were unable to attend the mini-course, please visit the SafePlace website http://www.safeplace.org/wishlist and consider making a donation.
  
 
 
 
 
Things to Do Before the End of the Year

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
Fouth Quarter Deadline:  November 30th
 
 
 
 
By: Susan Durso

The Fourth Quarter is upon us for EWTG scholarships. Scholarships are one of the many benefits of membership. There are scholarships for training seminars, formal education and courses designed to help you develop your professional and personal skills. Take advantage of this benefit for course in December or the first quarter of next calendar year. Submit your scholarship application by November 30th to make the deadline.
 
Read about how a scholarship from EWTG can help achieve your goals in the wonderful article, Continuous Learning in a Hectic World, by recent Scholarship Recipient Roberta Rincon.
 
 
 
 
Now Where Did They Go?
 
 
 
By: Debbie Peterson
 
Have you ever wanted to connect with an EWTG Member and the phone number or email address in the EWTG Directory was wrong?   Have you been talking with a fellow EWTG Member lately about the comings and goings of your fellow EWTG Members?   As often happens in our busy lives when things change, we may forget to update our contact information with all of our organizations.   If you’ve changed agencies, your email address has changed, or your position has changed, then it might be time to update your member profile.   Even if nothing has changed, it’s still a good idea to make a point of checking your profile once a year.  
 
It’s easy to update your profile.   Click on www.ewtg.org and there will be a link on the right hand side of the home page titled “Edit Your Profile”. You’ll be asked to enter your User Name and Password. After entering your login information your membership profile will be displayed.   You may enter update your information and then click the “Submit Registration” button at the bottom of the screen.   That’s all there is to it!
 
If you’ve forgotten your User Name or Password, simply email us at ewtg@ewtg.org and we will be happy to provide it to you.   So, don’t delay, make sure old friends can find you in that new position, at that new agency, or with that new cell phone number.   Happy Updating!
 
 

Austin City Limits Tour
August 31, 2011
 
 
     
 
By: Ashley Schweickart
 
To all those skeptics out there who doubt that events deemed ‘educational’ can ever be fun, I have four words for you: Austin City Limits Tour! On Wednesday, August 31st, over 100 ladies of EWTG (and a few significant others) congregated in the newly minted Moody Theater in the W Hotel, otherwise known as the new venue for ACL Live, where many of today’s biggest entertainers can be seen at tapings and concerts. Events Coordinator Mindy Morin and her tour guides led us in groups of 25 to tour the state of the art facility.
 
My tour group, led by Natalie Kennedy, started at the Mezzanine level of the theater, which hosts 336 seats and several suites. We then moved onto the “Partner Suite,” a private conference room that can be rented out for a variety of purposes – hosting private events, meet and greets with ACL entertainers, or holding your organization’s next board meeting.
 
Our next stop on the tour was the Scott Newton Gallery, named after the ACL photographer who has been taking pictures of the performers since ACL’s inception in 1976. The gallery is filled with huge canvases of these photographs, highlighting all variety of performers, from Austin favorites Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett, to more recent acts like John Legend and The Black Keys. Natalie informed us that this gallery space can also be rented for a reception or seated lunch or brunch.
 
Finally, we ended the tour on the concert floor, which fits 1,100 guests right up close to the stage. Natalie informed us that a curtain can descend from the ceiling and cover the balcony seats, giving the theater that intimate feel that many remember from ACL’s original location. Upon the conclusion of the tour, everyone met up on the ACL balcony for Wine Down Wednesday, a free event with live music and food tastings from Malaga! It was a great way to end the event, with members socializing and enjoying each other’s company.
 
All in all, EWTG’s ACL Tour was a resounding success. I heard from so many ladies how many times they had seen ACL shows on KLRU but never actually visited the theater, so it felt like we were getting a sneak peek into a highly revered Austin institution. I also learned tons of interesting facts, such as when KLRU tapes performances at ACL, they bring in their own stage and amphitheater seating. In the end, it was a fun AND educational event. And when I think about my time with EWTG, those two words go hand-in-hand.
 
 
 
 
   
 New and Renewing Members September 2011
 
New Members
Megan Blood, State of Texas - Health and Human Services Commission
Veronica Chapa-Jones, City of Houston Housing and Community Development
Elizabeth Davis 
Yvette Flores, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
Sissy Gillis, Texas Department of Information Resources
Janet Gilmore, Texas Department of Information Resources
Lesley Guthrie, Governor's Commission for Women
Erin Hutchins, NIC- Texas.gov
Elizabeth Jamison, Lower Colorado River Authority
Sondra Johnson, Texas Department of Transportation
Tracy Limon, Texas Department of Information Resources
Elma Medina, Dept. of State Health Service
Angela Richmond, Texas Department of Transportation
Tamara Russ, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
Tracy L. Schanbacher, UT southwestern Medical Center
Dorothee Staber, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Patricia Thickstun, Texas Department of State Health Services
Isis Vaughn, Texas Department of Public Safety
Martha Ward, Texas Health & Human Services
Tiffany White, State of Texas
Vandita Zachariah, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
 
Renewing Members
Sandy Armstrong, Department of State Health Services
Beverly Bavousett, Retired
Christy Bearden, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Shelli Belser, Texas Department of Transportation
Tricia Bowen, Texas Department of Transportation
Molly Cost, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
Susanna Cutrone, Texas Workforce Commission
Donyiel Davis, Department of State Health Services
Debra Doerflein, City of Austin
Lisa Dover, Health and Human Services Commission
Anita Eddie, Employees Retirement System of Texas
Melinda Eppler, State Preservation Board
Dawn Eserini, Employees Retirement System of Texas
Teri Flack, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board-retired
J. Lane Goetsch, Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services
Jenice Gonzales, Texas Department of Transportation
Jana Grimes, Austin Ribbon & Computer
Jan Halverson, Texas Association of Counties
Stephanie Harrison, Department of Family and Protective Services
Susan Heck, Grainger
Arthur Mural Hernandez, Comptroller of Public Accounts
Roslyn Hotard, Texas Department of Information Resources
Mary Howerton, St. Edward's University
Carol Jackson, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Laura Johannsen, Texas Department of Transportation
Leticia Kappel, Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists
Louis LeDoux, Texas Workforce Commission
Cindy Lopez, Legislative Budget Board
Theresa McShan, Health & Human Services Commission
Janet Messick, Texas Department of State Health Services
Judy Mintier, Texas Department of State Health Services
Mahshid Moaddeb, Texas Department of State Health Services
Carol Morgan, University of Texas at Austin
Bunny Neible, Texas Department of Transportation
Grace Nobles, Comptroller of Public Accounts
Denise Pittard, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
Anna Presley-Burnham, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Roberta Rincon, University of Texas System
Jordan Roe, Employees Retirement System of Texas
Molly Roman, Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists
Idalia Salazar, Texas Department of Insurance
Larissa Schmidt, Texas Animal Health Commission
Guadalupe Sosa, Texas Department of Health
Kay Steed, Employees Retirement System of Texas
Kim Stewart, Texas Department of State Health Services
Jan Thomas, Texas Public Employees Association (TPEA)
Evie Walberg, Texas Department of State Health Services
Cinde Weatherby, Texas Transportation Institute
Pam Wiley, Texas A&M University
Connie Williams, Texas Health and Human Services Commission